Sleeping ~ How much is enough? How much is too much?
From personal experience the times I go to bed before 10:30 make waking up and getting up at 6:30 very easy. Rested, bright and alert, ready to greet a new day.
In my twenties and early thirties, I used to sleep in very late on Saturday mornings. You might relate with that loggy feeling of oversleeping. After I began living alone getting up at my natural, earlier time every day became easier. I love going to bed at night and enjoy getting up early to “beat the day.” Except of course on those cold, grey wintry days when it’s fun to snuggle in for an extra half hour or so.
Little quiz for you. There are no right or wrong answers.
1) How important on a scale of one to ten is sleep in your life right now?
2) Do you have a routine that makes falling asleep easy?
3) Do you need an alarm or a sledge hammer to wake up?
4) What is your mood just before going to sleep at night (restless, cranky, relaxed, fatigued, other)?
5) Choose the word (s) that best describe you first thing in the morning (groggy, cranky, bright eyed and bushy tailed, relaxed, needing a few minutes of peace and quiet to get ready for the day, anxious and flustered that you slept in again).
6) Do you worry about not getting enough sleep?
7) Do you believe sleep is a waste of time?
8) Do you believe you are stuck in a cement-like habit sleep pattern?
9) Do your current sleeping habits affect your effectiveness at work?
10) Can you see any benefit to changing your sleep habits?
World leaders and some of my friends do this because they feel it gives them extra stamina throughout the day. Not a habit I use personally. As a teacher it would have been unusual to announce to my students, “Just work on. I’m going to have a short nap!”
These days I’m still usually too involved in other activities to want to just sleep for twenty minutes.
Please let me know what you think: When do you power nap? How did you teach yourself to get up after twenty minutes so a nap did not turn into a sleeping extravaganza? Do any of you do this during part of your lunch break?
Read Part III of this article series HERE